Private One-day tour: Armenia & Artsakh – Lake Sevan, Sevanavank, Noratus, Dadivank

Private One-day tour: Armenia & Artsakh – Lake Sevan, Sevanavank, Noratus, Dadivank

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Private One-day tour: Armenia & Artsakh – Lake Sevan, Sevanavank, Noratus, Dadivank

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DURATION
12 hours
PICK UP POINT
At your request
TOUR LANGUAGE
Russian, English

GUIDE SERVICE
(if chosen)

WI-FI

TICKETS
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BOTTLED WATER

LUNCH
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Brief description

During this one-day private tour you will visit Lake Sevan – one of the highest freshwater lakes in the world, Sevanavank Monastery, Noratus and Dadivank in Artsakh! This volcanic lake is surrounded by mountains, offering stunning landscapes and relaxing atmosphere. Choose one of the presented individual tours, customized it or create your private tour in Armenia with Jan Armenia Tours and Travel! Book with us & Let us show you the Land of old Legends, Biblical Stories and Ancient History!

  1. Transportation on comfortable vehicles
  2. All tickets to mentioned historic and cultural sights, museums
  3. Drinking water in the vehicle
  4. Taxes
  1. Lunches during the tour. We can organize lunch by prior request
  2.  Additional alcoholic drinks
  1. Please e-mail us if there are children under 4 years with you
  2. In case the tour is organized in other language, changes of the prices are possible.
  3. There is no fee for the Visa to Artsakh. Please have valid passports with you.

Stop 1: 10:00
Lake Sevan, Armenia

The high-mountainous Lake Sevan is the “pearl of Armenia”. Lake Sevan – located at an altitude of 1,900 m above sea level in the center of the Armenian highland, 63 km northeast of the Armenian capital of Yerevan city and is the largest of the Caucasus lakes. From all sides, Sevan is surrounded by mountain ranges, offering a stunning view of alpine lake.. The lake is famous for its purest fresh water, and pure mountain air has a beneficial effect on health.

Stop 2: 12:00
Sevanavank, Armenia

The monastery complex Sevanavank is located on the peninsula of Sevan. In 305, it was founded by St. Gregory the Illuminator, who built the church on the place of a pagan temple. In the 9th century the princes of Syunik made Sevan a point of their suppurt. In 874 the wife of the Syunik prince Vassak and the daughter of the king Ashot Bagratuni – Mariam built here two churches – St. Arakeloc and St. Astvatcatcin. They are rich in various wood-carved capitals, a aprt of which is kept in the Armenia State Museum of History and in the Art Gallery of St. Petersburg (Hermitage). In 1869 a spiritual school opened in the complex. On the top of the mountain of the island the remnants of the church with a domed hall are preserved. The teritory of the cloister is rich in khachqars (cross-stones).

Stop 3: 13:00
Noratus Cemetary, Selim Pass, Armenia

The trip will continue along the shore to reach Noratous, a village which is home to the largest collection of the Armenian Khachkars – stone steles engraved with a cross, designed to show the way to salvation. According to the legend, Hayk – the ancestor of all Armenians – ordered his people to decorate every single stone in Armenia, which is why you will see some 3000 of these decorated stones, depicting various stories from different ages. Selim Pass is a mountain pass in Armenia. It is located at an altitude of 2 500 meters. From the pass, beautiful views of the surroundings open up: a wide and spacious valley covered with green grass is crossed by babbling brooks and winding ribbon of the road. A unique panorama opens from the top of the pass.

Stop 4: 16:00
Dadivank Monastery, Artsakh

In between the Karabakh and Mrav mountain ranges, on the left bank of the Trtu river, atop a small forested hill, there lies one of the most ancient holy sites of Artsakh, where the settlement of Khut once stood. According to tradition dating from the first century, Dadi, disciple of the Apostle Thadeus, came here to spread Christianity. After he was martyred here, a monastery was built over his grave and called Dadivank in his honor; it is also known as Khutavanq, marking the location. In the 5th century Dadivank became an eriscopal see, one of the famous spiritual and cultural centers of medieval Armenia. The monastic complex was frequently invaded and pillaged by foreign forces, but was repaired and restored again. The extant structures date from the 12th – 13th centuries. The central Cathedral St, Katoghike was built in 1212 by Arzukhatun, the wife of the great prince Vakhtang. In the monastic complex there are also a second church with a vestibule, a small one, a refectory, chapel, hospice, monastic cells and other rooms.

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